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Dorset team at PM's Downing Street reception

Debbie and Anya with Jeremy Hunt


Representatives from the NHS in Dorset attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street last week (23 November, 2015).

Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive of Poole Hospital, and Anya de Iongh, Chair of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Patient and Public Engagement Steering Group, (pictured with Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt)  joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event, as well as patients and patient representatives.

They were invited to represent One NHS in Dorset – a new initiative aimed at ensuring the three acute hospitals in the county – Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – collaborate better to reduce avoidable variations in care, implement best practice and spread service innovation.

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, and NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, also attended the reception.

One NHS in Dorset is one of 50 ‘vanguards’ approved by NHS England, created to lead on developing new care models to act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country.

The aim is to make health, care and support services more accessible, reduce waiting times and be more effective. Under these plans, care will be better coordinated and closer to home.

Debbie, the senior responsible officer for One NHS in Dorset, said: “It was a real honour to visit Downing Street to represent the programme on a national level and meet the Prime Minister.

“It was also a valuable opportunity to speak to others about their vanguard work and share ideas.

“I know that the work we are doing is recognised as leading the way, as we make the changes to deliver better acute care services for the population of Dorset."

Anya added: “It was an honour to represent the brilliant collection of people that make up the steering group and our colleagues in the CCG at Number 10.

“I felt proud telling Simon Stevens and Jeremy Hunt how our conversations locally have focussed on integration around people, and not just organisations, and person-centred principles of delivering care.” 

Prime Minister, David Cameron, told guests: “I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I’m very proud of our NHS, I’m passionate about our NHS – as this whole Government is – we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.

“The agendas you’re pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that’s the way – combined with the money – to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years’ time and that’s what I’m standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you.”

Samantha Jones, Director of the New Care Models programme at NHS England, said: “The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England.  The team from One NHS in Dorset is playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.

“This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services”.

The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.

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